P&G (the company behind Fairy, Pampers and Gillette to name a few) challenged me to see what it would be like to live as a Mum in the 1930's: 'Life before P&G', as part of their Changing Face of Motherhood campaign. I was sent a bag full of strange soaps, tubs of goo, toys and food with a camcorder to film how I got on.
I'm pretty low-maintenance so the first challenge would be easy... or so I thought.
I had to brush my teeth with pink toothpaste that tasted like Dettol, then I used thick, cold-cream cleanser on my face with a hot flannel. So far so good. A dusting of pink face powder – the smell reminded me of my Nan's compacts – a brush of blusher and mascara and I was done. I didn't look much different to usual to be honest, it was only the next day when I broke out in spots that I realised that this simple routine had a major flaw.
Breakfast looked like this...
The toy challenge went well. K is so young she can be kept amused by the simplest of things so she loved playing with the building blocks and her other, non-battery powered toys. If I was having to prise a DS or Wii away from an older child I imagine it would be a different story.
I was at this point that we had a hiccup. We spent the rest of the day second-hand car hunting. I don't imagine that many 1930's housewives had to do that. Or use their mobile phone to get directions. A big, fat fail on my part.
Back home I prepared the Hot Pot recipe that was in my booklet, it was the opposite of the porridge – looked good but tasted horrible.
I couldn't bring myself to to the chores on the list and by this time Mr had turned on the telly so I felt quite deflated. I picked up where I left off for the remaining challenges.
I'd forgotten all about the lemon that was sent out in my pack (for my evening G&T right?) it now had a nice layer of mould, so the next task, cleaning windows, was done without it. This is actually the way I clean my windows anyway: hot water and white vinegar applied with a cloth and then scrunched up old newspaper to mop up the residue and leave them gleaming. At the time of making the video below, I thought the newspaper was for me to read while I put my feet up with a cup of tea – made with a strainer and loose leaves of course – but now I'm thinking it was probably for me to clean the windows with :(
Finally I did the washing using a washboard. Like most of the tasks it was a novelty, but to do this day in, day out would be exhausting. Can you imagine washing all those cloth nappies by hand?
K gives a helping hand
I think I'll stick with my washing machine, my gadgets and my overwhelming choice.
If you want to see how the challenge should have been done, check out Me and My Shadow, and Hot Cross Mum who really look the part!
Thank you to P&G for supplying all the bits needed for the tasks. This is a sponsored post in as much as I will be getting a day at a spa courtesy of P&G, although I think it's the least they can do given that the cold-cream gave me zits ha ha!